Mrs Jessup, my Hyline hen (basically an ISA Brown) has been a bit of a freeloader since I got her. She hatched, I believe in March. I bought her as a point of lay pullet from a poultry supply store who got her from a hatchery. She laid her first egg in August and has laid about 4 total. None for more than a month. All my other hens (d'uccle bantams, silkies and a bantam australorp) are all laying really well. In fact production exceeds demand. She is fed on good quality layer mix as well as vegetables, some fruit and sprouted seeds. She also loves her mealworms and gets bread on occasion as a treat as well as a little cooked oatmeal with sardines or cooked eggs for protein. She gets access to plenty of sun. She seems very happy and healthy, have never had any concern to worry about her emotional or physical wellbeing. She's the boss chook so I've never seen her bullied. I have seen her sitting in the nesting box but leaving without producing eggs. No signs of being egg bound. She is by all accounts a perfectly healthy, happy hen. Just not laying. Could there be something wrong or is she just a 'dud'. I don't really mind if she doesn't lay ever again. She's my favourite and will have a home for life as a pet either way. Maybe it's all my fault after all? She was a spur of the moment purchase and I looked her 'breed' up a while after I bought her and read that they have short lifespans because they basically wear themselves out laying so much. So I told her not to worry about laying all the time and live a long life. Maybe she just took that as permission not to lay at all and live rent free?